Hummer H1 vs New Dodge Ram (Part 1)

First off, let’s just congratulate anyone willing to risk the transmission of their truck or high-end SUV for a few bragging points. Later you’ll see both of these drivers had the right idea – do it on a snow packed road. Not only does this have less of an impact on the tires, it at least ensures that no matter who wins, the road doesn’t wind up looking like a drag strip afterwards.

The part that shouldn’t come as any surprise is that a 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel happened to school the love out of a 4×4 Dodge Ram. Now, I know what you’re saying, Dodge Ram enthusiasts, unfair fight to begin with – and you’re absolutely right. The Dodge Ram is higher off the ground than the Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel, meaning it really was starting off from a big disadvantage.

That said, even if they had been on an equal plane, the Hummer H1 would have likely still been the victor hands down. Why? Because even though the Hummer H1 doesn’t pack a lot in terms of horsepower, 195 HP, it does boast 430 lb ft of torque at 1800 rpm. Before that Dodge Ram was even close to its optimal RPM to begin to take full advantage of its engine’s torque, the Hummer H1 was already there.

Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel Breaks The Mold

If you’re looking for a daily driver to commute to work or something to take down into the mud flats, the Hummer H1 likely will not be your thing. However, if you’re looking for a military grade transport capable of towing up to 7,000 lbs and carrying 4,200 lbs of cargo, the Hummer H1 most certainly is worth a solid look. Straight from the factory, a 2006 Hummer H1 has a 6.5 L turbo diesel with a 4 speed automatic transmission. It was never built for speed. It was built to be low to the ground, a brawler, amongst Rams, Raptors, and the rest. With a curb weight of 6,564 lbs before adding fuel into its 42 gallon tank, the Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel is definitely a turbo charged heavy duty diesel SUV. Where it applies to you in your life is truly up to you, but we see this as being a medium range supply and transport rig.

When you need to haul a trailer full of supplies up to that log cabin in the mountain, a Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel is sure to get you there. If you’re looking for more capacity in terms of seating, there is a fold down seat in the back to add additional seating arrangements. The Hummer H1 is far descendant from the original M114 contract for the HMMWV or High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle made predominantly for the US Military. These things do require lots of regular maintenance in order to run at their optimum condition, but ultimately, if you’re willing to get your hands dirty or pay someone else to, this is a vehicle that can easily last close to twenty years. For outdoorsmen looking to gain access to some of the remotest parts of the world while still having enough supplies to last, the Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel is definitely a good choice.

Why The Dodge Ram Deserves A Second Chance

There’s nothing to be ashamed about – it’s a simple issue with physics. Higher up off the ground, the Dodge Ram still has a tow capacity of over 7,000 lbs. That’s perfect for someone looking to haul a trailer or a boat to the lake. It can also be the clincher if a buddy’s truck happens to be stuck in a bad place. Optimally equipped, the 2017 Dodge Ram 2500 features a 3.0 L EcoDiesel engine capable of up to 29 mpg on the highway. That’s almost unheard of in the pickup world. Where this really comes in handy is when range is a factor. A fully loaded Dodge Ram 2500 can travel over 700 miles between refueling. For reference, you could cross the entire country in your Dodge Ram HFE on optimally 4.5 tanks of diesel. Most people would be hard pressed to fly across the country in an economy seat for a similar price. It’s reasons like this that innovation in pickup trucks has shifted from just simply raw power to a measured mix of power and performance. With the ability to tow over 7,000 lbs and over 700 miles in range between fill-ups, the Dodge Ram 2500 definitely has a lot of high quality traits that would make it a very raw competitor to the Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel.

So, snow be darned, we’re still mighty impressed with the Dodge Ram.

Hummer H1 vs New Dodge Ram (Part 2)
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If you’re looking for a daily driver to commute to work or something to take down into the mud flats, the Hummer H1 likely will not be your thing. However, if you’re looking f